Friday, May 21, 2010
Monday, May 17, 2010
Fermilab is a large area north of Naperville. Originally is consisted of farmland. Even farther back than that, Native Americans occupied the land. When the U.S. Government dug trenches for the colliders, they unearthed a wealth of arrowheads and other artifacts.
Fermilab is concerned with particle physics; the experiments involve protons and anti-protons colliding at the speed of light. This is the method that scientists used to discover the top quark in 1995. Now, the scientists are probing dark matter.
There are buildings for experiments, and there is a very tall building for administration. Lately they have added a building for teachers and students. In front of the tall building there is a reflecting pool, plus the flags of those nations which have scientists currently doing research at Fermilab. The day that we rode our bikes in Fermilab, there were the flags of 20 different nations.
Because the area was once farmland, there is lots of room for a herd of bison. The mothers and calves were too far out in the field for me to get a good shot even with the zoom. However, two very impressive bulls were close to the fence. In addition to the bison, the area has a native grassland area which school children visit. A nice bike path traverses the area . We saw houses, barns, a swimming pool, a picnic area, and several fishing ponds. For employees and guests there are social activities.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Friday, May 7, 2010
1 The dam at North Aurora. The current was pretty swift today; canoeists might set a record. However, it will be slower in a month when it is time for the canoe race. Dave and the boys used to enter the race. Juanito used to scoot under the trees at the portages and give them fresh water. There are many hilarious memories....Bat Shirt and his buddy floating rather than paddling.....and the poor young couple whose canoe capsized right at the starting dock in Elgin.
2 Windmill at Batavia. Many windmills were made in Batavia to service the Westward Movement
3 Looking northward toward Geneva, IL. How about this? A lighthouse on the Fox River !
4 Large windmill near Geneva, IL on Fabyan Forest Preserve. I think it is on the National Register of Historic Places
5 Small bridge at Mill Race Inn.
6 Dave looking across the river at Geneva, IL The building is a former mill that has been converted into a hotel.
7 Dave at entrance to the estate of Colonel Fabyan, Batavia, IL
8 Mother Goose and goslings. Dave counted 18.
9 The Illinois answer to "wildflower" blossoms.
10 "Peak" of wildflower bloom.
11 A view of the path itself. The path is a very long one. On May 6, we did only a 13 mile round trip segment.